MyPhone Agua Rio Review

Yay or nay?

I haven't seen this much fanfare over an Android device from a local brand in a while. But it's not hard to blame them when you see the price after seeing the spec sheet. Everyone wants THE bang for the buck and the MyPhone Agua Rio may just be the best candidate for that this first half of 2014.

The thing is, MyPhone has never been the ones for a race to the bottom. But the specs of their Rio tells otherwise. "That for P4,999? Seriously?". It does seem like a race to the bottom -- or a bold move to further increase market share by instigating a price war the competition can't win. It's simple: if you buy from us, you didn't buy from them. Lower profit margins, higher sales volume, and more importantly, bigger market share.

I'll keep this short. All this seems more along the lines of Cherry Mobile. So the Rio leaves many people asking: "What's the catch?".

Please note that the MyPhone Agua Rio is also rebranded in France as the Wiko Rainbow and in Russia as the Explay Fresh.

Design and Build Quality

The MyPhone Rio's design is mainly, ermm... inspired by the colorful Lumia and Asha lineup from Nokia. You'd be forgiven to think it was one from afar. The phone's entirely black facade is contrasted by a back cover that envelopes the rear and bumpers of the phone which gives it a unibody look. The back covers even come in the same colors as Nokia's Lumia line: white, black, cyan, orange, red, green, purple and yellow.

Due to the unibody look, the body doesn't have much curvature and tapering nor does it have any contrasting textures. It feels more "block-ish", similar to Nokia's newer Lumia phones, the HTC One and several of Sony's Xperia phones, albeit the Xperia phones are noticeably thinner. The Rio's dimensions are 146 x 74 x 9.3 mm. The glass-clad Xperia phones can get as thin as 6.5 mm.

There's nothing pretentious about the Rio's design -- it's fun, loud, with some modern chic thrown in. At these price points, a clearly defined design direction like this is better than attempting to imitate more expensive phones using more elaborate designs with faux accents and cheap materials. Luxury is also about the choice of materials, finish and build as much as the design itself. When there is a discrepancy, it sticks out like a sore thumb. The Rio's clear design identity enables it to stand out in a good way.

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In terms of ergonomics, the Rio does no wrong with ideally placed buttons and ports. Both the USB and 3.5 mm port are located center on top, which leaves a bit of room to rest the in-betweens of your fingers even when both ports are plugged when handling the phone in landscape mode. The volume and power buttons, which are located on the left and right sides of the phone respectively, are just right. Soft, but tactile and sturdy, and of the right size. The capacitive keys below the screen are backlit and there's also an LED notification light hidden beneath the rightmost portion of the earpiece grill.

The camera protrudes slightly, but the beveled chrome edges around the lens are there to prevent the lens from being touched when sitting atop a flat surface. Likewise, the loudspeaker on the lower part of the back also has two slightly protruding nudges to prevent it from being completely covered when atop a flat surface. This is necessary because the back is almost completely flat.

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The Rio is constructed mostly of ABS plastic as opposed to the more expensive polycarbonate bodies of Lumia phones. This includes the back cover which has a matte finish regardless of color, which is good because it provides a good grip and prevents it from accumulating unsightly fingerprints. The screen isn't flush and there's a narrow border around it that acts as a supporting frame for the chassis. My caveat with the screen is that it's made of plastic (acrylic glass to be specific, which is a polymer), not real glass. Aside from being detrimental to the display quality, it also makes the phone feel cheap. Not unexpected because this is a cheap phone, but I surmise adding a glass screen wouldn't really add much to the BOM (bill of materials).

Despite the plastics and an enveloping back cover that's easy to remove, the phone has some heft to it with 167 grams that's evenly distributed. The build quality is pretty good and it feels solid all throughout. No creaks or flex when squeezing the phone, although it really is hard to escape the fact that, again, it does feel cheap. At least the simple design seems to have made the manufacturing of this device easier and simpler which also contributes to better build quality.

The Rio has two mini SIM card slots which are not hot swappable as the battery blocks the insertion points. The micro SD card is hot swappable though you need to remove the back cover first.

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The Rio does not come with a screen protector out of the box and I strongly suggest having a screen protector attached right after purchase. Here is a checklist of what comes inside the box:

  • 1x MyPhone Agua Rio
  • 1x 2000 mAh battery
  • 1x 1000 mA charger
  • 1x USB cable
  • 1x Headset
  • 1x User's manual
  • 1x Warranty card


The MyPhone Rio is equipped with a 5.0" 720p (1280x720) screen that supports 5 point multitouch. It uses an IPS panel which provides good viewing angles from any position. IPS panels are 8-bit and can display up to 16.7 million colors, which means it has a wide color gamut.

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The display is a bit underwhelming for an IPS panel. It's obviously an IPS-equivalent panel at first glance, but the contrast is uncharacteristically low. A side effect of the low contrast is that blacks are bluish instead of black and the colors are relatively mute compared to most IPS panels which are richer and more intense (though often thanks to enhanced saturation), but don't necessarily muddy the fine color detail, like on gradients. That also brings me to another issue which is white and black crushing, which is clearly seen on black and white scales. It's not really apparent with most images, but when mostly dark or just white and light gray are being displayed, it becomes obvious. Take for instance the EQ settings UI of Poweramp where the subtle shades of very dark blue and black disappear.

I really wish they spent a bit more time tuning the display beforehand. It was doable even for crappy TN panels like on the Fuze. As for other properties, the color temperature is warm with hue being very slightly green biased. This makes the display look a bit soft but easier on the eyes for prolonged viewing. Brightness up to 50% of the brightness bar is up to par with most IPS-equipped phones, but comes up short at maximum brightness. It's still fairly bright, especially compared to TN panels. But at maximum brightness, the Rio couldn't touch my iPhone 5 which has one of the brightest displays in the market and is representative of the brightness levels found on most LCD-equipped high-end smartphones which constantly push brightness level upwards of 500 cd/m².

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Aside from the panel, the other major culprit for the display's deficiencies is the plastic screen. It's hard plastic that's designed to feel like glass, but clearly isn't. The plastic screen simply doesn't provide the same clarity and light transmission that a glass screen would. It also isn't a OGS screen as they only manufacture OGS units with glass. The additional gap from the panel and the screen further reduces light transmission and introduces a tiny amount of diffusion as a result.

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Under sunlit conditions, the plastic screen is an unexpected glare magnet, which doesn't help with the screen's already relatively low light transmission and brightness. High brightness is a must in direct sunlight for the display to be legible. Setting the brightness to auto in these conditions is advisable. Adjustments to brightness are made in as fast two seconds while in auto brightness and it's a bit conservative of brightness levels except in sunlit conditions.

Those things aside, it's hard to forget that the Rio is 4,999 Php and has a display equipped with an IPS panel of 720p resolution. Currently, it has the best display for a smartphone under 5,000 Php, and if you consider phones that the Rio actually target, only the Cherry Mobile Flare HD offers a better display overall.

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The 5.0" display's 720p resolution translates to 294 PPI which is still high and sharp by today's standards. Text and graphics are crisp. Viewing webpages in landscape mode is a delight as most text is fairly sharp and easily readable even when fully zoomed out.

The Rio's display is of the budget IPS kind, not much different than what you'd find on other smartphones with a non-OGS 720p IPS display like the MyPhone A919i and Cherry Mobile Apollo. Overall though, it doesn't change the fact that the Rio's display is one of the best in its price range, offering good color reproduction, good brightness, good viewing angles and great resolution. It's a display you will not be ashamed to show your friends.

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This is the third phone I'm reviewing that uses the MediaTek MTK6582 chipset. The MTK6582 has four Cortex A7 cores of the r0p3 revision running at 1.3 Ghz. The r0p3 revision of the Cortex A7 core has a noticeable improvement in performance over Cortex A7 cores of the r0p2 revision, like those found on the MTK6589 line. In terms of CPU performance, the MTK6582 performs about as fast as the MTK6589T which operates at 1.5 Ghz.

Performance improvements from revision r0p2 to r0p3 have been officially documented under Section 1.8 'Product revisions' of the Cortex A7 MPCore Technical Reference Manual (revision r0p3) found here: <click here>.

I am unsure, however, if this is a MediaTek MTK6582 or MTK6582M. The difference being the dual core Mali-400 graphics on the MTK6582M operate at 416 Mhz vs 500 Mhz on the regular MTK6582. It's difficult to know which one the Rio has without taking a look at the board or having direct access to the GPU, and low level access to the GPU is disabled on the kernel. Many sites have listed the Rio as using the MTK6582M chipset, but the display controller on the MTK6582M only supports up to 960x540 resolution. It's possible for the display controller to go beyond that limit at the cost of refresh rate, but the Rio's refresh rate is 60 Hz. Hence, I believe the Rio uses the regular MTK6582 chipset.

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55.4 FPS
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20.44 FPS
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6.5 FPS
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3.7 FPS

The graphics performance of the MTK6582 proved to be mighty on the Cherry Mobile Fuze and Cloudfone Excite 470q, allowing most games to run at high graphics settings smoothly. It isn't exactly the same on the MyPhone Rio because of its 1280x720 screen resolution. That's 921,000 pixels, significantly higher than the 409,920 and 518,400 pixels on the Fuze and Excite 470q respectively. The bottleneck becomes noticeable on games with very complex graphics at high settings. Hence, the Rio takes a notch down and plays graphically demanding games smoothly at medium settings. Despite this, the gaming performance is still better than devices equipped with the MTK6589 or MTK6589T at the same display resolution. Games with not-so-demanding graphics like Dead Trigger 2 will still play smoothly at high settings.

With the performance-level of the Rio close to that of a Samsung Galaxy S3, a flagship phone from 2012, it's odd that navigating around the Rio's interface in general just doesn't feel as snappy. It's not "laggy" where input lag is concerned (most just call it "lag" anyway), but the transitions and animations while navigating through the interface is not buttery smooth, similar to comparing two videos in 24p and 60p. There are a lot of phones equipped with the slower MTK6589 and a 720p display which run a smoother interface. One would expect a device with this performance level to be smoother and it shows that the Rio hasn't been optimized enough. You can use an application called Seeder to improve upon the UI response and smoothness and its developer has made in available for free on XDA-Developers via this thread. However, it will require the Rio to be rooted. Rooting the Rio will be discussed in the 'Other stuff' section of this review.

The video below demonstrates the Rio's UI with and without Seeder:

That said, the Rio does offer acceptably smooth performance if you aren't picky with the UI smoothness. The 1 GB of RAM (966.5 MB to be precise) offers a little over 500 MB of free space after a fresh boot. If you remove some of the bloatware, you can increase that amount to around 600 MB. Regardless, the 1 GB of RAM allows you to perform general multitasking workloads without causing a significant slowdown in overall response time. i.e. watching a windowed HD video while browsing the web, answering text messages, running through your email, reading a PDF file; all being performed in a repetitive and sequential manner

Given the MTK6582 phones I tested before, I didn't expect anything less than smooth 1080p video playback of H.264 content. The Rio is able to play 1080p60 H.264 content with reasonable bitrate and encoding with its hardware decoder. The hardware audio decoder cannot process beyond two channel audio so multi-channel audio streams like 5.1 will be handled via the software decoder.

1920x800 @ 24 FPS, AVC High Profile L4.1, with CABAC, 3 reference frames
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The Rio is equipped with an 8 megapixel auto focus camera with a single LED flash. The camera sensor used is an Omnivision OV8825 which is an 8 megapixel 1/3.2" BSI sensor with a pixel size of 1.4 µm. Lens aperture is brighter than usual at f/2.4.

The camera interface on the Rio is a breath of fresh air as it's noticeably different from the stock Jellybean camera UI you'd find on most locally branded phones running Jellybean. While the modifications to the camera interface isn't as extensive as what you'd find on a Samsung or Sony Android phone, they've done a few things to make the use of the camera easier.

Most noticeable is that the still shot and video recording facilities do not share the same interface anymore. You have to toggle between the two modes before you can perform either a still shot or recording, and this makes framing easier before recording because the sensor is cropped in video recording mode (people describe this as "zoomed in" when video recording). Another noticeable inclusion is a quick access panel on the left side of the camera interface that gives you access to commonly used controls like different shooting modes, front or rear camera, flash mode, etc. The other controls, particularly manual ones, are found on the regular options menu accessed by tapping on the Android 'menu' soft key.

The common Jellybean still shot camera features are also found on the Rio. You can adjust common image properties such as brightness, sharpness, contrast, hue, saturation; change white balance, ISO (100 to 1600), exposure (+/- 3 steps) apply color effects/filters. Face detection is also present and automatically tracks faces that enter the viewfinder. ZSD (zero shutter delay) is also present and captures the image the moment the shutter is pressed. Without the ZSD option enabled, I measured shutter lag to be between 350 and 470 ms in decent lighting where the shot is taken when the focus is at its peak.

Shooting options include panorama, which can done from left to right or up to down and vice versa; face beauty, which does additional post-processing specifically to enhance facial features when it detects a face; smile shot, which automatically shoots a picture when it detects a smiling face on the viewfinder; EV bracket shot, which generates several shots at different exposure values; best shot mode which does additional post-processing on the shot to make it look better; and scene detection mode which automatically detects and applies the best scene mode. HDR shot mode is also available and in decent lighting, I measured the shutter lag between the low and high range shot to vary between 150 to 300 ms. The initial shutter lag on the first shot ranges from 300 to 650 ms, which is rather inconsistent. Overall, HDR shooting on the Rio is relatively fast in decent to good lighting and it's possible to take HDR shots in just one second of pressing the shutter.

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In well lit conditions, the Rio's camera impresses. It shows good dynamic range at lower ISO and manages to resolve plenty of detail. Colors look naturally lush without further saturation which preserves color detail. Details are well preserved at ISO 100 and 200. While noise begins to creep in at ISO 400, it strikes the best balance of sharpness and detail preservation in less than good lighting. Noise levels are also controlled surprisingly well with ISO set to auto in artificial lighting, with the shots I took at the 2014 Manila International Auto Show looking very useful indeed. Noise grain size is fine in most conditions except low light.

I do have some quirks with the camera though, even in good lighting. First is that it's not geared to be fast, with longer than usual exposure times, which is also a reason for the overexposed accents in strong sunlight conditions. Moving subjects outside the focus zone blur making the shooting of landscape still life difficult in anything but daylight conditions. This is also partially the fault of the lack of metering options, which is one of the few crucial things the Rio's camera lacks and is my second quirk. The default metering is center weighted average, with spot metering engaging when you focus manually. Lastly, the compression on the images is rather lackluster and very fine micro detail is smudged due to compression artifacts, like the chlorophyll structure on a leaf or pebbles on the asphalt. Images shot by the Rio can weigh as much as 1.6 MB in good lighting with lots of distinct details, but they normally weigh around 1 MB or lower.

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Both metering and compression issues extend themselves as a cause and symptom respectively in low light conditions as the ISP (image signal processor) on the MTK6582 isn't very good. When taking shots in low light in auto mode, and by low light I mean outside at night with street lamps or lighted signage, the maximum exposure time is 1/8 second. This is normally more than long enough for cameras on mid-range or higher phones from well-known brands, who develop their own camera stack for their device. On the Rio, the ISP isn't smart enough and/or hasn't been tweaked enough to make the necessary changes in these lighting conditions. Having center weighted average as the default metering aggravates the situation further and the output image ends up being full of crushed blacks. Even with adequate low light, not exactly low, not exactly decent lighting (i.e. small room with fluorescent lighting: approx. 30 to 50 lux), there is a tendency to increase the exposure time which results in motion blur from even a subtle shake. Combine this with the ISP being unable to resolve details that should've been allotted by the extended exposure time, and the aggressive denoise filtering in post-processing, you get a soft image with all details smeared. Also, there's a tendency for the entire image to tint when night mode is enabled.

With these limitations, it's easy to see why other people shell out money for phones from international brands. My Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 shoots in low light only slightly slower compared to well lit conditions, and it's all done without having to do anything else except press the shutter button. The investment on a chipset with a good ISP and efforts to tweak it really shine in low light conditions.

The Rio's low light camera performance is average at best, and even then it takes some patience and effort to get a good shot in low light. Luckily, for very close subjects in low light, the LED flash of the Rio is adequately powerful to illuminate subjects up to 1.5 meters away. Great for small group shots and taking pictures of small to medium sized objects in the dark, even in pitch black conditions. The flash lights up at half strength when you tap on the viewfinder to focus and fires at full strength when you press the shutter. This allows you to focus even in pitch black conditions.

Macro shooting distance is also very good, allowing you to get as close as 5 inches. The bokehs made by the Rio are also pleasant for a smartphone.

Please note that all images aside from the low light shots were taken on auto mode.
Shots taken in low light, including those taken with the LED flash have 'Scene detection mode' enabled.
Night mode is automatically activated in low light when 'Scene detection mode' is active.

Rio Sample Shots (Good lighting)

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Rio Sample Shots (2014 Manila International Auto Show)

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Rio Sample Shots (Low light)

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Rio Sample Shots (LED flash)

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Rio Sample Shots (Macro)

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Rio Sample Shots (HDR)

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Rio Sample Shots (Panorama)

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The Rio is able to record videos at 1080p30 (1920x1088 to be precise). Videos are encoded in H.264 with a variable bitrate up to 17 Mbps while the audio is encoded in AAC with a constant bitrate of 128 Kbps. In decent to good lighting, the videos maintain a steady 30 FPS. In low light, frame rates are halved and if night mode is enabled, it drops even a bit more. Even with a good sensor like the OV8825, it's only as good as the ISP handling the raw data. For 1080p recording, it is average at best. Most fine detail is smeared out, but overall resolved detail is decent and compression artifacts such as macroblocking is kept to a minimum in decent to good lighting, including artificial lighting when indoors. You can also tap on the viewfinder to change the focal point while recording. A minute of 1080p footage ('Fine' setting) will consume about 130 MB in good lighting where bitrate is up.

Here's the lowdown on the MyPhone Agua Rio's camera:

- Very good performance in decent to good lighting, with good resolved detail and color preservation. However, very fine detail is smudged due to compression. Images are slightly oversharpened but tolerable. Unexpectedly good for this price range.

- Above average macro shooting.with generous shooting distance (up to 5 inches close). Can also create a decent looking bokeh for creative emphasis.

- Average 1080p recording, with solid framerates in any lighting condition but low light. Limited compression artifacts and doesn't miss out on much detail. Very fine or small detail (i.e. leather creases, rough asphalt) are missed. Video performance is above average for this price range.

- Average low light performance at best, and getting good shots in low light requires some patience and effort on the part of the user. Otherwise, low light performance is below average with soft images and smeared details all throughout. This is typical for this price range.

- LED flash is adequate and allows the user to illuminate people as well as small and medium sized objects from a 1.5 meter distance.

- The fixed focus 2 megapixel front facing camera is better than what you'd normally find in this price range. Decent light pickup even indoors with relatively low noise levels.

Mini shootout: MyPhone Agua Rio vs Apple iPhone 5

After discovering the Rio's prowess in good lighting, I decided to pit it against my iPhone 5 for kicks, and mainly because the iPhone 5 also has an 8 megapixel sensor and f/2.4 lens. I think it's rather absurd that a phone with this price can actually manage to trail the iPhone 5 closely, even in good lighting. When it was still the latest iPhone, the iPhone 5 was one of best cameraphones around, having a DXOMark rating of 74 for still shots. Even now it still manages to remain competitive with Android flagships from 2013 like the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Had it not been for the lousy compression on the Rio's images, it might actually be competitive with the iPhone 5. The Rio's shots can weigh as much as 1.6 MB, but is normally around 1 MB or lower. Images churned by the iPhone 5 are twice to thrice as large and spares no expense for image quality, not to mention the ISP on the Apple A6 chipset is of far better quality than that on the MTK6582, which is also why the iPhone 5 compensates much better in low light conditions and produces 1080p video that's competitive or slightly better than 2013 Android flagships like the LG G2 and Sony Xperia Z1. This is also the reason why there won't be a comparison of low light shots with the Rio as they are in different leagues altogether.

The Rio's images have a contrast and saturation boost to add vividness, as well as a tendency to overexpose. The iPhone 5's images look a bit dull in comparison due to its higher dynamic range and more controlled contrast, but it highlights the superior shadow detailing and preservation of details without excessive post processing. This makes the iPhone 5's shots look more natural. There's also a minor issue of aliasing on the Rio which isn't smoothed out by its ISP, and is further aggravated by the boosted sharpness on the Rio to compensate for its naturally softer lens. The aliasing as well as less fine noise grain makes the shots made by the Rio looks slightly dirty next to the ones taken by the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5's superior optics also means it has a sharper lens and it takes naturally crisp text without added sharpness from post-processing.

All things considered, the Rio's camera truly performs well in decent to good lighting conditions. The fact that it's managed to hold off its own, for the most part, against the iPhone 5's camera is an achievement and a victory for this price bracket.

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The Rio is equipped with a 2000 mAh battery, which has been pretty standard fare for most 5" locally branded Android phones. The results of the Rio's battery tests so far support my assumptions of the high power consumption of the MTK6582 chipsets.

The following are the test conditions for the three tests. Note that brightness is set to 30% for all tests and that the battery has been calibrated prior to testing:

  • Looping video - a 1 1/2 hour 480p XVID/H.263 video is played on loop until the battery level reaches 20%. Hardware decoding is used for the video and software decoding is used for audio. Earphones are plugged and volume is set to maximum.
  • Wifi browsing - a script continuously reloads the page every 30 seconds among a pool of five (5) popular websites until the battery level reaches 20%. The websites used for the test are heavy on Javascript and HTML5 elements.
  • 3D gaming - a graphics-intensive 3D game is run on loop until the battery level reaches 15%. Built-in loudspeaker is used and volume is set to 50%.

Battery Test - Results

Hours Lasted
Looping video
6 hours 20 minutes
Wifi browsing
6 hours 1 minute
3D gaming
2 hours 14 minutes

My assumptions began when the previous two MTK6582 phones I reviewed, the Cherry Mobile Fuze and Cloudfone Excite 470q, seriously underperformed in the battery tests by yielding the highest mAh consumed per hour in the looping video playback test among all the phones I reviewed. It just consumes more power than the MTK6589 or MTK6577 chipset at any state other than deep sleep. Thankfully, the Rio manages to yield slightly better results than the Excite 470q which also has the same 2000 mAh capacity. It's safe to assume that the trend won't be different for any other MTK6582-equipped phone released in the near future with average battery capacities. If the only outlet available is at home, having a power bank is advised if you want to last an entire work day with moderate to heavy use.

Standby time is good on the Rio and I managed to use only 3% over a 10 hour period of standby with the occasional peek at the screen every other hour. An hour of music playback at maximum volume drains around 5% per hour in my experience. In terms of actual usage, I can manage between 3 and 4 hours of screen time with mixed use, including 1 1/2 to 2 hours of 3G data connection before reaching 20%, which is when I stop using the phone for anything but calls and texts. It's very similar to the Excite 470q, except the Rio can squeeze a bit more juice. My screen brightness is set to 20% indoors and auto mode elsewhere.

Charging times with the stock 1A charger from 20% battery to full is just under 2 hours, which is pretty fast.

Battery Test - Looping Video

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Battery Test - 3D gaming

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Audio Quality

I have decided to redo how I assess audio quality, starting with this review. I felt that my prior methodology of making subjective what is an essentially objective testing has become rather arbitrary despite the presence of reference devices. It also has to be said that the metrics of the testing itself has difficulty describing to the reader what the audio will actually be like, even if the testing was done in an objective manner with a DAC to analyze the input signal via an audio analyzer software like RMAA.

My new assessment method involves describing the common sonic characteristics of audio equipment in a manner that most are familiar with. This allows arbitrary testing to be more acceptable due to the nature of the metrics being one of preference, rather than simply a positive or negative. This better conveys to the reader what their expectations of the audio will be like. These characteristics are often more associated with listening equipment, but also apply to playback equipment as well. This lets the reader create an impression of how well it will play with the listening gear they have.

The Rio is primarily a bright source and is most likely the result of the on-board DAC (digital-to-analog converter), as the two previous phones I've reviewed with the MTK6582 chipset also had similar qualities, although neither of them sound exactly the same. It's best paired with warmer or bass-centric listening gear to offset the coldness that begins from the lower mids and extends downwards. V-shaped gear should also do well with a boost on the mids. Bass impact and subbass is difficult to salvage on more balanced or analytical gear even with EQing.

Power output on the Rio is sufficient for gear with resistance of up to 45 ohms, which include both IEMs and smaller headphones (<40 mm drivers). There's minimal distortion at maximum volume, so there's a bit of headroom for some additive EQing -- helpful for those with more balanced and neutral-centric gear like me. For more intimate listening in quiet environments, the Rio's power output is more than enough. But in noisier environments, an IEM is a must because it won't be able to drive open-air earphones or headphones to volumes high enough to drown out the noise (which I don't recommend unless you wanna go deaf).

The Rio is also CTIA compliant, which means newer headsets (earphones and headphones with microphones) that work on newer Android phones (2013 onwards) will work on the Rio. I can confirm that my Sony MH1C and stock Galaxy S4 headset, which are both CTIA compliant, work on the Rio. I also tried my Apple Earpods, and while both left and right drivers were working correctly, the inline microphone didn't work.

Other Stuff

The Rio has a 4 GB ROM, of which 2.53 GB is usable and divided into 0.98 GB for internal storage and 1.55 GB for phone storage. Unlike the two MTK6582 phones I reviewed recently, the micro SD card is not mounted as 'sdcard0' nor does the Rio have a function out of the box that allows the phone memory and micro SD card "to switch places". This means that there's only 1.55 GB of storage for extraneous data, and a large game like Real Racing 3 has data that weighs well over 1 GB.

To get around this, you will have to root the Rio first. Thankfully, rooting the Rio is the same as rooting any other MTK6582 device and it can be done in less than 10 minutes with or without a PC. If you'd like to use a PC, this method is the one I used to root my Rio. You can also download the latest Framaroot app, install it on your Rio, run Framaroot and try each of the exploits. Once rooted, you can either do one of two things:

  • Modify the vold.fstab to change the mounting of 'sdcard0' and 'sdcard1', thus switching them. Most people just call it a "memory swap". *DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING* Even a single error on the fstab edit will put the phone on a bootloop. Attempt this only if you have a custom recovery and backup image.
  • Use an application like FolderMount that fools the application into thinking that the extraneous data is on the phone storage, when in reality it's on your micro SD card. Basically, it pairs the data or obb folder on the phone memory to its counterpart on the micro SD card.

The Rio is mostly stock Android with customized icons, but they have included a few other things. One of these is 'Clever Motion', which is basically like Air Gestures on a Samsung Galaxy phone which makes use of the proximity sensor and accelerometer to initiate certain actions. You can also customize which actions you want to activate in certain situations. There's also a bunch of bloatware included, of which only 'Movie Studio' is worth mentioning. Movie Studio is a basic video editor that allows you to stitch and trim video clips, add music, insert captions and apply simple transitions and effects.

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There's also USB OTG on the Rio which allows you to use plug and use various USB devices with the phone such as keyboards, mice, flash drive, game controllers, etc. I tested what most people would use, including external hard drives. Unfortunately, neither my NTFS or FAT32 2.5" portable external drives could be read by the Rio. At first I thought the Rio just couldn't power it, so I charged the Rio to full and tried it again. It still couldn't, not even my oldest 40 GB IDE hard drive from a 2006 laptop inside a 2.5" enclosure, which is formatted FAT32.

Aside from that, the Rio plays well with most USB devices. It can even charge my bluetooth speaker and other phones, although I advise against it given the Rio's average battery capacity.

Call quality on the Rio is above average, being able to fend off most background noise despite the lack of a secondary noise cancellation mic. Microphone pickup could be better, but is clear enough. Covering your mouth and the mic is still advised in very noisy environments. The loudspeaker is reasonably loud and crackle-free, but chances are you still won't hear it in a noisy environment like the supermarket or while walking down the road while the Rio is in your pocket.

Wifi reception on the Rio is a revelation given its MediaTek chipset, offering good range as well as strength and pickup even when faced with physical obstructions. SNR remains high and signal stable even if there's a wall in the way at moderately far distances. Do note that the router itself also has a say in this, but the Rio shows itself to be good.

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Likewise in terms of GPS performance, the Rio also exceeds that of what you'd expect of a MediaTek chipset. Even without EPO data preloaded, the Rio manages to pickup a few satellites almost immediately and finally managed to get a lock in 40 seconds. It can take as short as a second to reacquire a GPS lock with previous lock data less than an hour old. There's also a magnetic sensor present and you can use the Rio as a compass offline.

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This review is supposed to be about finding chinks in the armor and there's not much to say about the Rio that hasn't already been said or hasn't been implied by its spec sheet. It has a 720p IPS screen, a first for a smartphone under 5,000 Php. It also has the MediaTek MTK6582 chipset which is the fastest in this price range. It also has an 8 megapixel camera that's solid in decent to good lighting. It also has a bunch of features that aren't common like the magnetic sensor, LED notification light and USB OTG. It's armed to the tooth and does a lot of things well, and for the price it doesn't do anything too terribly. So I'll be nitpicking here.

First is that the Rio hasn't been optimized well enough that UI response and smoothness is a stepback despite relatively powerful hardware. You can tell some people that "this is very fast!" or "this has the latest hardware!", but if it doesn't feel like it it's still a dealbreaker. Second and more importantly is the small storage. It's been the norm that Android phones from local brands have small ROMs, usually just 4 GB. When I was talking to an acquaintance of mine the other day who's also reviewing the Rio, Alexei Rivera who runs the local tech blog 'The Technoclast', he pointed out that quite a number of phones released by local brands have what is essentially a fully working "move apps to SD" feature. It's something I've overlooked up until now due to my misunderstanding of the feature, but I can confirm that it does work. It doesn't actually move apps to the micro SD card per se, it basically swaps the phone storage and your micro SD card. This allows you to choose if you want to make your micro SD card your primary storage. The Rio doesn't have this and those who aren't very tech savvy are at the mercy of the small internal storage. MyPhone, if you are reading this, you need to put a feature that allows the user to select the micro SD card as the primary storage.

In one fell swoop, MyPhone has made obsolete two of its more expensive 5" phones, the Cyclone and A919i. It also makes the 4,000 Php, 5" Hail a terrible deal altogether. Not only that, it performs at least as good or better in key areas against more expensive competition from other local brands, potentially upsetting the balance in a sizable price range. As far real world performance is concerned, the Rio has its bases covered. One could argue that the Rio could be made better, with a glass screen and better materials. But most in this price range just want the best specs for the price and couldn't care less about such things. MyPhone made the right trade-offs with the Rio.

With this, the MyPhone Agua Rio is THE phone to get at 5,000 Php. This will most likely be their best seller this 2014. Their new "quad core ng bayan", if you will.

Update: MyPhone has released an OTA update that allows the user to select the micro SD card as the primary storage. The update also significantly improves UI speed and response.

+ MediaTek MTK6582 processor and 1 GB of RAM provides best in class performance; very suited for gaming
+ 5.0" 1280x720 IPS screen is one of the best displays available in this price range
+ 8 megapixel camera takes very good pictures in decent to good lighting; takes decent 1080p videos in decent to good lighting
+ Simple, functional and ergonomic design; comes in a variety of colors
+ 4,999 Php only

- Unoptimized UI
- Mediocre battery life
- Low light camera performance is poor relative to its performance in decent to good lighting; takes some patience and effort to take decent shots in low light
- No feature to choose the micro SD card as the primary storage

Official MyPhone Agua Rio Specs

5.0" HD IPS Display, 1280x720 resolution
1.3GHz Mediatek MTK6582M quad core processor
1GB of RAM
4GB of ROM, with micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB
8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
2 megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi, Wireless Display, USB OTG, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Dual SIM
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA 900/1900/2100
2,000 mAh Baterry
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

SRP: 4,999 Php

Select comparisons

This section will be continuously updated in the future. Here, I'll include phones that compete best with the MyPhone Agua Rio.

Cherry Mobile Omega Spectrum

Current price: 4,999 Php

The Omega Spectrum is Cherry Mobile's attempt to rain down on the Rio's parade by offering seemingly similar specs at the same price. Looking at it more closely though, the Omega Spectrum's Broadcom BCM23550 chipset is no match for the MTK6582 on the Rio, especially when it comes to graphics. The BCM23550 performs even worse than the MTK6589. Even without the performance detriments, the VideoCore IV graphics on the BCM23550 may run into some compatibility problems with some games. The only clear advantage the Omega Spectrum has is GLONASS support, which together with GPS, makes location lock-ons faster, more accurate and reliable. Other than that, it's very hard to pick the Omega Spectrum over the Rio due to a big performance gap.

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Jed 2 years ago

Great review as always. Thinking of getting this to replace my Starmobile Astra(getting old now going 2 years XD). Love the new Audio Quality part of the review. Do you think this can drive the Superlux HD681 evo or do I need an amp to get the most of it?

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


I think it will go well with your 681 Evo even without an amp. The 681 Evo, iirc, is pretty dark and veiled. Also just 32 ohms. The Rio plays surprisingly well with my Superlux HD668B and HD669, ampless. Both are 56 ohms. Good volume, but not generous. I'd only use it with the Rio in a quiet environment like at home or the office.

Jed 2 years ago

Thanks man. My sansa clip just died a few days ago need a all in one replacement. Might wait for the Asus Zenfone 5 they might have better performance to price ratio.

jeff 2 years ago

Awesom review sir. Ask ko lang sa usb otg part, paano mo napag sabay yung mice and keyboard? Thanks!

deveerei 2 years ago

Great review

taylor swift 2 years ago

Nice review sir..

Thanks for the effort reviewing this phone.. might buy one soon:))) hope it's a good buy!!

nik 2 years ago

Good review! Covers all of the aspects of the phone.

jenica 2 years ago

Sir would like to ask if made up of plastic ba talga yung screen ni rio or glass?? yung bezel nya po ba eeh malaki ba in person? at kung icocompare yung bezels nya sa cyclone ano mas maganda?..i know di naman bigdeal yung bezel sa inyo pero mas prefer ko po yung thinner ones..hahahha TIA po btw nice review sir :)) GOD BLESS :3

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ jenica

Yes, like I said in the review it's hard plastic, not glass. As for the bezel, the Cyclone has a slightly thinner bezel.

jm 2 years ago

Hi sir! I know the review is not yet done, but would you pick this over the t5s?

rod reyes 2 years ago

wow! thanks for your awesome review sir.

been waiting for this. thanks you very much sir.

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ jm

I've only handled the T5S briefly and I don't think I will be reviewing it, unless THL decides to send me one. So I can't say anything concretely. I also have my preferences so I can't say which one is better because they're very similar. I would choose the Rio over the T5S because it has a larger, 1280x720 display. I do a lot of web browsing on my phone so that's important to me. Other will find the T5S better because it has a lower resolution screen (960x540) that's better for gaming. The T5S is also slightly smaller which makes it more pocketable. The T5S also has a camera with a f/2.0 lens which should technically make it better, but that isn't always the case. Take the Cyclone for instance which has an f/2.0 lens. It doesn't take better pictures than the Rio from my short time with both, care of a friend who owns a Cyclone.

christine 2 years ago

what color would be great white or blue?? does myphone will release interchangeable back cases?? hope they would make a cases like those in iphone 5c..

jonde 2 years ago

best review ever read..!

jm 2 years ago

@sir kyle

Oh okay sir. Well the main concern of mine is that plastic screen. It seems to be a battle of clarity vs screen estate for the rio vs t5s. I have yet to see the rio personally so I couldn't compare them myself.

Anyway, thank you for the reply sir, and great review!

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ jm

IIRC, the T5S also has an acrylic screen just like the Rio. This isn't unexpected because both the Rio and T5S are low cost devices. It's really designed to feel just like glass. It's thin, hard, doesn't flex when applied pressure upon, has transmissiveness similar to cheaper glass, and doesn't weigh as much. The original Cherry Mobile Titan had a thick glass screen which added significant heft. The phone weighed a little over 200 grams.

azorilla12 2 years ago


tol may plano kabang i-review ung parating na myphone ocean elite at myphone INFINITY? sana mareview mo din ung infinity pag lumabas na, aun kase pinag iipunan ko ngayon eh, kahet naglalaway nako sa rio hahaha XD salamat Godbless!

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icv 2 years ago from India, Kerala

congrats for your great efforts for making such a profound research about the topic.

Mark 2 years ago

Nice full review for myphone rio.. two thumbs up Sir!!!

Zandil 2 years ago

Hi sir, Would you recommend this over the cloudfone excite 470q? I do prefer a smaller screen, but judging from this review, it seems that rio has better specs. I do care less about the gaming but what im concerned about is the wifi hotspot capabilities.. Can you help me decide? It's a very technical review and i should say that's its very informative as well. Thanks a lot. :)

nyaonyao 2 years ago

This is easily one of the best Android phone reviews I've read. Thanks!

You planning on reviewing the new CM phones that are coming out?

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ azorilla12

Infinity? No. There are far better phones in that price range. Ocean Elite? Maybe.

@ Zandil

I recommend the Rio over the Excite 470q. No contest. The Rio is also more efficient and has much stronger wifi than the 470q.


Maybe. I'll see first which one of them is best to review, unless Cherry Mobile decides to send me one to review, which is unlikely. I heard 7 new phones were coming out.

Mc 2 years ago

Sir, which one would you prefer (performance and battery wise) Rio or A919i Duo?

azorilla12 2 years ago

@symphonyx salamat sa response :) thnx din sa review dabes^^

maryet 2 years ago

@ symphonyx7 .. when it comes in video recording which one you prefer Rio or A919i ? Thanks in advance!

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


The Rio has better app performance. The A919i has better battery life.


The A919i's camera is better than the Rio's overall. Kindly check my A919i review for sample shots. The video recording on the A919i is also better because the MTK6589's ISP encodes video up to 28 Mbps. The MTK6582's ISP on the Rio encodes video only up to 17 Mbps. However, the A919i's 1080p video is only 24 FPS. The Rio's 1080p video is 30 FPS. Smoother framerates on the Rio in good lighting.

jA 2 years ago


Rio vs Fuze? (regardless of batteries)

Gaming Performance...

Rio(Low-Medium Settings)

Fuze(High Settings)

which of the two is better/more smooth?


Bry 2 years ago

Fuze or this one? I know their displays are quite different but for this price range I believe "mas sulit" fuze for its battery and otg compatibilities?

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


Games on the Rio at low-medium settings would be about the same or slightly faster than the Fuze at high-max settings.


Really depends if you need the big battery. The Rio has USB OTG as well but doesn't have enough juice for portable hard drives. Personally, I'd get the Rio. The 720p IPS display and much better camera are hard to pass up. I'm never too far away from an outlet and even if I am, I still have my power bank. A real 5500 to 6000 mAh power bank should be able to charge the Rio from critical to full twice.

jA 2 years ago

Thank you!

So I can conclude now that you would suggest Rio over Fuze in terms of Gaming Performance.

I assume that Rio(w/ low-medium settings) still have the Good display because of the HD built of this phone?

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


If you don't mind playing on low to medium settings, then the Rio is more than fast enough. Of course, if you play on low to medium settings on the Fuze, the Fuze will be much faster.

It's a matter of personal preference, but I'm actually with you on the HD thing. I would rather play games on Android at lower settings but higher resolution vs higher settings but lower resolution. Thing is, you can change your graphics settings, but you're stuck with your device's resolution. Watch both my gaming demos of the Fuze and Rio at 1080p. The sharpness of the Rio's screen is a noticeable step up from the Fuze.

jA 2 years ago

W/ these comparisons, I think I'll go na with RIO.

Plus, Rio has a better Camera(image quality) than Fuze.

Thanks symphonyx7!

PlumbingOnTap 2 years ago from Hove

nice review..very very thorough

jA 2 years ago

Last @symphonyx7,

Question, what ROM and Launcher did you use to your phone on your demos?

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


Everything is stock. I only rooted the phone so I can install the large games and diagnostic tools I need for my review. I didn't even use Seeder except in the demo video itself.

jm 2 years ago

@sir kyle

Looks like Rio is really the phone to get (at the moment XD). Would you recommend waiting for the soon to be released CMs just in case?

DroidSwift 2 years ago

Good day, Kyle.

Then again, another precise and very information review. Thank you.

Another price dropped for A919i, it is now P4.9k in Davao.

Let's say budget is not an issue, what do you think is the best among A919i, Cyclone and Rio that's highly suitable for both gaming and photo shooting in terms of:

1.) Screen quality minus the resolution, just their viewing angles, vibrant colors and color reproduction of the screen display.

Is it Rio - Cyclone - A919i? ( I can't type in less than sign so I used dash)

2.) Camera for still shots , macro shots and of course, selfie2x.

3.) Loudspeaker. The loudness of the speaker when volume set at max.

Also, among these phones Rio is the only CTIA Compliant, is that right?

Thank you in advance.

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


I might review one of the new phones Cherry Mobile releases. Most likely the Omega Spectrum since it directly competes with the Rio in price. My only initial caveat with the Omega Spectrum is that it uses a Broadcom BCM23550 chipset which has a VideoCore IV GPU. It's a... let's just say "off the shelf" GPU. It will most likely not have the same compatibility or performance as the Mali GPU on the MediaTek MTK6582.


I'll remove the Cyclone from the equation since both the Rio and A919i are better snappers. The Rio actually takes better photos than the A919i in decent to good lighting. However, the A919i takes much better photos in low light. Just take a peek at the low light shots in my A919i review. The Rio is clearly outmatched. The A919i also has a small lead in video recording as the MTK6589's ISP can encode video up to 28 Mbps. More detail than the Rio's videos. But the A919i's 1080p recording tops out at 24 FPS. The Rio tops out at 30 FPS.

I don't remember much about the A919i's front cam, but the Rio's front cam is decent. The Rio has louder loudspeakers. The A919i isn't CTIA compliant. I don't know about the Cyclone. I'll check it out when I run to my friend who owns a Cyclone. As for the display, I find the Rio's display very similar to the A919i's overall. Even the tuning is similar, except the A919i's display is a bit more saturated.

zandil 2 years ago

Thanks sir, will wait for rio when its available in our local stores.. :)

Your fan 2 years ago

Always been a fan of your fantastic in-depth reviews. I'd like to ask then; after reviewing three MT6582-based phones, can you conclusively say that the MT6589 has a lower power draw than the MT6582 chipset?

MrPhabletBulacan 2 years ago

Kudos to the very detailed and thorough review... thanks

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@Your fan

Yes, I can conclude that the MTK6582 chipset has higher base power consumption than the MTK6589. I'll probably include a voltage readout of the next device I review so I can calculate how much power it's actually consuming in different situations. i.e. idle low brightness, idle full brightness, load low brightness, load full brightness, etc.

Gerald 2 years ago

Grabe sir, dito lang ata ako nakabasa ng pinaka-detailed na reviews. Thanks po dito :))

Tanong ko lang po kung mas maganda po etong Rio kesa sa ThL T5S or W100S.. Naitanong ko po sa Novo7 kanina sa SM North Annex, bale P6200 and P5999 ung prices nila respectively. Halos same lang ata sila ng specs, pero 4.7" screen at 1950mah batt ung T5S, tas 4.5" screen at 1800mah batt ung W100S. Confirm ko din po, pareho sila 2 ung battery na kasama sa package, kaya medyo napaisip din ako :))

Mas prefer ko sana ung di kalakihan na screen, nakakabawas ata sa kain ng battery un. Nabasa ko din ung review nyo sa Cloudfone Excite 470qx, battery and 2-point touch lang kalaban ko dun.

Ano po kaya ma-aadvise nyu sakin? O kaya naman sir, makakagawa kaya kayo ng review nung ThL phones? Thanks ulit :)

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


Yes, a smaller and lower resolution display normally eats less battery than a bigger one. But as you've seen in my Excite 470q review, it isn't always the case (the Excite 470q's display is very bright and the radio isn't as strong, so it did poorer in the wifi browsing batt test). The Rio is more power efficient than the 470q. Anyway, I don't plan to review the THL T5S anymore. But I've tried the T5S already, and it's better optimized than the Rio, that's for sure. The brightness levels also go deep, as in it's pretty dim when it's at 0% of the brightness bar. I think the T5S will do slightly better than the Rio when it comes to battery life.

It all depends on your preference. I personally would take the Rio's larger, higher resolution screen over the T5S's. I do a lot of web browsing on my phone and I rarely play games.

Gerald 2 years ago

Thank you sa fast reply sir :))

Siguro, I'll go with T5S than Rio (ala pang stock sa North and Megamall e) :) Then again, nung tinanong ko din sa Novo7 Tech, ala din silang stock ng T5S, kaya option din ung W100S. Natry nyo na po ba un sir? Halos same specs lang sila, pero di ako ganung ka-sure..

Search-search na din muna ko kung ok lang W100S nalang kung walang makitang T5S (para kasing irrelevant kasi sa Rio review ako magtatanong e, haha)

Anyway, thanks sa advices sir. Laking tulong talaga :))

jam 2 years ago

si pwede po ba d2 ung sims free play? THnks:-)

Alvin 2 years ago

Sir symphonyx7, interesting ung CM Urban ah... Are you planning to review it? thanks!

Your fan 2 years ago

Please review the upcoming CM Ultra! It appears to basically be a 5" Moto G with LTE, as it sports a MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 SoC. Specifically, I wish to see how it compares to the MTK6582 in real world use since they get similar scores in Antutu 4.

bluet0ps 2 years ago

Praise this review, praise kestana!

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rkitkitavi 2 years ago

PH's best gadget reviewer! You love gadgets so much i bet you're willing to review CM's Broadcom bcm23550 phone just to compare it with the mt6582. And maybe also review CM's msm8926 lte phone, a possible CM MT6588, and a cheap CM phone with a Sony imx179 sensor.

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@Alvin, Your fan, rkitkitavi

I've seen all the new phones Cherry Mobile has released. I'm most interested in reviewing the Omega Spectrum and the Ultra because of the different chipsets. I'm getting tired of reviewing MediaTek-based devices over and over. As for the Urban, I'm actually more interested in reviewing the Flare S2 because it apparently has a Sony IMX179 camera sensor. A lot of good cameraphones have the IMX179, so I just have to worry about the quality of the optics. Lastly, I don't know if there are any MTK6588 devices out there. I checked popular Chinese online malls like T-mall and Alibaba and I couldn't find any. I can only assume the unit price of the MTK6592M is low enough so all the OEMs skip the MTK6588. I'd do the same since having an octa-core chip commands a much higher price.

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


Yes, the Rio is fast enough to run The Sims Freeplay smoothly.

John Kelly 2 years ago

I find it unusual that the Rio performs a lot better than the Excite 470q, considering that it uses an IPS panel, which consumes more power than a VA panel, not to mention that it is on HD (as compared to the Excite 470 q's qHD resolution). But then again, I presume the 470 q's brightness is to blame for the most part. If ever you do review a smartphone that uses a Broadcom chipset, what would be the approximate equivalent chipset: Adreno or PowerVR? I am curious since most applications are centered around the Tegra, Mali, Adreno, and PowerVR chipsets. Hope to hear from you soon.

Mc 2 years ago

@symphonyx7 Sir. necessary po ba na e charge ko yung bagong bili ko na MP RIO?

Ronald 2 years ago

Ask ko lang po pwede po ba papalitan ung battery nasa 7 days replacement pa po sya? tsaka kailan po may case na po ba for MyPhone agua rio?

Africa 2 years ago

As always, your reviews are just outstanding. Not to mention na phones that I like ang mga ginagawan mo ng review (e.g.: Cherry Mobile Fuze, Myphone A919i and now Rio). I like the way you review devices on a consumer standpoint rather than on an advertiser's stand point. I can say that I am a fan and hope that there will be more to come! Ü

I did some homework regarding Rio and found out that it has an MT6582M chipset. THE THING IS... (and I hope you prove me wrong on this...) the chipset has been given a screen it can't handle. It can only handle qHD (quarter HD) but instead was given a full HD screen (see URLs below as reference). With this in mind I always passed by their shop in Market Market to see it myself but they are out of stock and they don't have a demo unit. HOWEVER... I was able to cross paths with 2 customers who had the same complaint with the device... "over heating". One said about the device heating up significantly in less than 10 minutes of gaming. I checked forums about Rio and was able to see few with the same concern... If this is true, this will be a total turnoff...

Can I ask for your input on this and I would like to know if you encountered anything like this before. This is the time that I am ready to be proven wrong... :(

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@John Kelly

The Excite 470q's screen is just really bright. Also, the deviation you see in the wifi browsing test on the Excite 470q is because of the less than optimal wifi pickup. If you've noticed, the wifi browsing test on the Excite 470q is over an hour shorter compared to the video playback test. On the Rio, the deviation is just 20 minutes. Stronger wifi pickup means less energy to consume maintaining signal strength. I conduct my wifi browsing battery test 6 meters away from the router with one wall in between to simulate more realistic conditions.

As for the Broadcom BCM23550 on the Omega Spectrum, I'm actually reluctant to review it now that I've gone over reviews and feedback of devices with the said chipset. It performs even worse than the MTK6589, especially in graphics. That's a step back in performance.


I'm honestly not sure myself if it uses the MTK6582M or the regular variant. I initially thought it was the MTK6582M as listed, since it doesn't perform better than the Fuze or Excite 470q in the GFXBench 2.7 1080p offscreen benchmark. But at the same time, the display controller on the MTK6582M normally doesn't support higher than qHD res. Doing so will require a lower refresh rate yet the Rio's refresh rate is 60 Hz. Also, the Rio doesn't have a full HD (1920x1080) display. It's only 1280x720. Check my screenshots of both Antutu and Vellamo. They indicate the Rio has a 1280x720 display.

Yes, the MTK6582 chipset can get pretty hot. It's hot on the Rio too, but not any hotter than the Fuze or Excite 470q. The Fuze is actually the hottest because the big battery acts as a heatsink. If you want a cooler device for gaming, the MTK6589-based phones would be better, but slower.

Tobe 2 years ago

Alin po yung mas maganda and faster a919i o rio (transition)?

Anonymous 2 years ago

Its basically like another Flare 1.0 release... We were thinking na ''WOW'' sobrang ganda ng specs! Quadcore, 8 mp cam, 4999 ... Then Boom boom boom battery life saksakan ng baba.. Remember? this happened 2 years ago nung anouncement ng Flare.. We kept thinking ''WOW'' dualcore! 3999 mabilis yan!! Then there again abysymal Battery life.. Well At least at Rio the Camera, Screen , Processor, Ram, Rom is great but its being downed by the battery.. and also don't forget the great service of MyPhone customer service :) still choosing what to buy... CM Razor 4,999 MP Rio 4,999 Suggestions? Quadcore Phones under 5k? I was thinking about Razor dahil MT6589 ung processor nya at mas efficient iyon sa battery life at yung MT6582 naman ng Rio great for gaming.. Please Reply Thanks :D

Augustus Drew 2 years ago

Ano po mas maganda? Razor or Rio? battery and spec-wise :) BTW great review! better than ang yugatech! Keep it up!

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


I don't agree with your allusions to the Flare 1.0. I actually had the Flare 1.0 the same time I reviewed the Titan. But I just had so many bad things to say about it, including its infamous low volume, that I didn't push through with reviewing it anymore. Anyway, the Flare had a measly MSM8225 processor. Even at the time, it was already slow. And it didn't actually have the advertised IPS panel, and for some reason almost all, if not all, tech blogs missed this. I agree with the battery life part though, and that's about the only thing they share.

As for the Razor, iirc it has a 1800 mAh non-removable batt which I don't like. The display is 960x540 which the MTK6589 should be able to handle, but it still won't be as fast as the Rio when games are set to low graphics. And there's the camera, the Razor can't touch the Rio's camera. I'd still go with the Rio. I can deal with the battery issues using a spare battery or a power bank since the Rio charges relatively quickly.

@ Augustus Drew

Just like the above post, the Rio clobbers the Razor spec-wise. Not surprising as the Razor is pretty old already. As for battery life, I'd give a slight edge to the Razor when gaming despite having a slightly lower capacity (1800 vs 2000) since the MTK6589 consumes less power under load and is less taxing when gaming due to the lower display res. My main issue with the Razor is its non-removable battery.

Melvin T 2 years ago

hi symphonyx, good review once again. I would just like to ask if you can recommend this tablet named "cloudpad 801tv" it really has good specs, quadcore then 8 megapixel cam, 1gb ram. it almost covers the good parts. almost all tablets kc have low megapixel count then have low ram. Maybe you could try this out since ive known you have always been investing in this phones that are bang in the buck.

cjay 2 years ago

hi sir,, ask ko ln po,, kung pede gamitin tong rio abroad? thanks po.

cjay 2 years ago

at sir..hindi nmn po siguro basta basta mababasag un screen nya kht plastic?thanks

Gamer99 2 years ago

haha Red alert ung picture ah

Augustus Drew 2 years ago

Thanks for answering! :) It turned out na bawal ako bilan ng Rio :( Suggest Any great phones below 4k? Thanks in advance! Great Reviews!

DroidSwift 2 years ago

Thank you very much for your quick response.

I have decided now which phone to get.

Jack 2 years ago

Help nabootloop ako...i tried factory reset.. boot loop pa rin....

Wenell 2 years ago

You do have a really nice review! outstanding! and this is one of the reasons why i take advantage of my phone rio. but the memory problem is giving me a hard time, and im sure on rooting my phone now to end this hell. but can you please give me a detailed step how to change the memory so it will read my sdcard. Thanks! :)

john 2 years ago

nice review! Woah no need to buy this phone anymore i think i am already using it with the help of your review..

bill 2 years ago

hi symphonyx7, is the rio's ui animation lagy? do you need to root to change rom or just change launcher? thanks

Carlo 2 years ago

Hi Symphonyx7 By the way Great review! Need advice for what's

better Cherry Mobile Spectrum or Myphone Rio? I see that Spectrum has a Dragon Trail Glass Screen and you said that Rio has a hard plastic screen..

Based from your Omega HD 1.0 which has a DragonTrail Screen what was your experience from it? And by the way where did you buy your Rio unit.. I am really interested in Myphone Rio kase eh but the Dragon Trail screen of Spectrum catches my attention.... What do you think is better between Omega Spectrum ang MP Rio? and lastly does the Broadcom chip in Spectrum sucks less battery than the Mediatek chip on Rio?

Please reply! :) Thanks in Advance! More power to you! Two thumbs up

Ronald 2 years ago

@symphonyx7 Sir pwede pa po bang ipapalit ung battery na nasa 7 days replacement pa MyPhone Agua Rio po Phone ko Last 3 ko lang po sya nabili

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


Plastic "glass" screens, especially those without any special coating, are more prone to scratches and abrasions. On the upside, they're less brittle and are more resistant to shattering. Doesn't mean they can't shatter though.

Also, not sure which country you plan to use the Rio in. But the Rio supports the following frequencies: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/1900/2100. Make sure the carrier in the country you'll visit supports at least one of these bands.


Search "myphone agua rio memory swap" on YouTube. There are step by step instructions there.


If you read my previous comments in this page, I mentioned that I've decided not to review the Omega Spectrum anymore because it uses a Broadcom BCM23550 chipset. It's even slower than the MTK6589, which is slower than the MTK6582. Just look at reviews and feedbacks of phones with the BCM23550, like the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo. The Rio crushes the Omega Spectrum performance-wise. For me, that alone makes the Rio the better choice because elsewhere, they're very similar.

As for the Dragontrail glass thing, it's far more luxurious feeling. It's like comparing a sapphire crystal glass on an Omega or Rolex vs glass on cheaper watches like Fossil or Timex. The Thrill 430x, Omega HD and Fuze have Dragontrail glass. It feels different from your typical acrylic "glass", like on the Rio and most other phones. But in this case, it's not enough to compensate for a poor choice of chipset. With regards to the battery life, I expect the BCM23550 to consume as much power as the MTK6589. It'll most likely consume less power than the MTK6582. Doesn't mean it's more efficient though, since it's slower, especially when it comes to graphics.

Carlo 2 years ago

Thanks for answering :)

Now ive cleared my mind and decided to buy Myphone Rio!

jhenxoxo 2 years ago

nice review sir!

shock 2 years ago

planning to buy this for playing clash of clans, thinking of this phone or Fuze. . .

jhenxoxo 2 years ago

sir, mas ok ba ang screen ng alcatel pop c5 kesa sa mp rio? sa screen kc ako naguguluhan. which is better? the mp rio or the alcatel pop c5? thank u! will wait for your reply

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Vinzon Machi 2 years ago from Tanauan, Batangas, Philippines

nc review...that's wat we called a review...any way any review in CM OMEGA SPECTRUM?tnx..pinag pipilian ko kc ung MP RIO AT CM SPECTRUM...kung aku ung dapat ko bilin n sulit s 5k...

jharh 2 years ago

Sir plano ko pong bumili ng cp, pinagpipilian ko po yung Cherry Mobile Flare Hd vs. MyPhone Rio, alin po ba ang mas maganda sa dalawa, kasi pinag iipunan ko po ito, gusto ko po sana worth it, naman yung ibabayad ko... tnx po,

Marj 2 years ago

Hi there!

I've read your review and how you to respond to people's comments. My question is, is it possible to use APP 2 SD? or there really is no way that you can install nor save apps in sdcard.


Carlo 2 years ago

Ahh ok like what you said even it does have dragontrail it wont bring up the poor chipset now Omega spectrum is out last question what

Would you choose?

MP Rio or CM Fuze

Spec- Battery - Features wise.

Thanks in advance :)

patrick 2 years ago

according to the salesperson of the store from whom i bought my rio, pwede daw ang apps2sd to transfer files to the microsd card. pinakita pa nga niya sa akin yung unit niya although hindi siya rio. pero sabi niya ganun din yung problema dati at nasolve ng apps2sd. i still haven't tried it though coz i gave my rio to my daughter.

marcopolo 2 years ago

My app po ba na maaaring maglagay ng app mula sa internal memory papunta ng sdcard? Para kung hindg kaya ng myphone rio baka makaya ng app2sdcard

lou13 2 years ago

sana you can post a review on CM's Omega spectrum para we can compare . thanks

star 2 years ago

Hello sir i bought rio last week but it was replaced because i addressed the issue of auto shutting down of the phone evertime i make a call. I have to removed the battery to oopen it again. How can i fix this? Thanks sir.

StriderVM 2 years ago

Thanks for the awesome review, it's pretty complete and has technical stuff for people like me.

This might be a bizarre request, but since this phone by benchmark scores seems to be very similar to the Galaxy S3, would it be possible to make a head to head comparison of the two phones? Thanks. :)

anonymous 2 years ago

may OTA software update na daw po para sa rio from version 1.11 to version 1.15 that enables to install apps to the sdcard. :)

Kenji-desu 2 years ago

Konnichiwa! Your review has cleared my mind off the other phones on my list :D Thank you very much! Last things last, aside from the now available OTA update, does cheapo SD cards do something about gaming lags (e.g cdrking microSD)

at saka, by mere perception, ilang FPS sa tingin mo yung new games like NFS most wanted, nba2k14, DT2 saka yung iba pang games na nakalimutan ko na (sowee :D)

balak ko kasing gamitin sa gaming habang nasa byahe papunta sa work, will wait for your reply and uhh... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ StriderVM

I don't have a Galaxy S3 to compare it with. But performance-wise, the MTK6582 is close to the Galaxy S3's Exynos 4412, particularly in terms of CPU performance.


どうぞ. Slower SD cards will not directly affect gaming performance (in terms of FPS). However, it will affect loading speeds. i.e. loading a new level

Diesel Power 2 years ago

Great review sir, im sold! Im getting this phone this week.

Ask ko lang po for non-techie and novice smartphone user, im afraid na may defect yung mabibili ko, anong klaseng mga tests and checks or things to look for when testing out the unit. Salamat po.

Kenji-desu 2 years ago

Good morning! eh yung actual gaming framerates sir, smooth ba? may nabasa ako sa ibang forums (comments section) na mabagal daw ang gaming FPS dahil capped daw ang rio sa 15-30 FPS, any reactions?

melvin 2 years ago

hi symphonyx,

just want your opinion so ill repost this again

good review once again. I would just like to ask if you can recommend this tablet named "cloudpad 801tv" it really has good specs, quadcore then 8 megapixel cam, 1gb ram. it almost covers the good parts. almost all tablets kc have low megapixel count then have low ram. Maybe you could try this out since ive known you have always been investing in this phones that are bang in the buck.

Locca 2 years ago

Can you please review the cherry mobile omega spectrum soon.. i like to know which of the two are better.

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ Diesel Power

When at the store, connect to the internet and download a dead pixel tester from the Play Store. You can test the proximity sensor by going into 'Options' then 'Clever Motion' then try to perform some of the actions there. You can test the light sensor by putting brightness to automatic then covering the light sensor to see if the screen dims after a few seconds. Other tests are typical. i.e. making a call to see if the earpiece works, recording your own voice to see if the microphone works, shooting a picture to see if the flash works, etc. etc.

@ Kenji-desu

I normally don't reply if the answer to a question is already in the review, but apparently I wasn't clear enough. Go to the 'Performance' section of this review and watch the game demo of the Rio and pay attention to the FPS count on the top-right of the screen.

@ melvin

I took a peek at the Cloudpad 801TV on your advice before, and imho it didn't stand out compared to other 3G tablets like the CM Superion Odyssey or SKK Memo 2. I buy every device I review out of my own pocket, which is also part of the reason why I'm very neutral. I only review a device if its value proposition seems very good to exceptional. I'm sorry, but I won't be reviewing the Cloudpad 801TV, not unless Cloudfone decides to send me one to review.


I'm sorry, but I won't be reviewing the CM Omega Spectrum either. It has a chipset that's outdated performance-wise. It's even slower than MTK6589 devices like the CM Omega HD 2.0.

dci 2 years ago

May ask po ako kung upgradeable po ba ang mt6582 nang rio to 4.3 jb or 4.4 kitkat in the future?

yan 2 years ago

master kyle... bat walang starmobile play reivew? =)

Ana 2 years ago

hi, i am planning to buy a new phone. which do you prefer? myphone rio or samsung galaxy s duos 2?

lemuel 2 years ago

Hi kyle.. I have myphone rio now because of your wonderful review. I just bought this last april 19 and updated by ota last april 21 and solved all our problems. The unit was great so far. I accidentally dropped the unit from a podium (about more than a meter high) thankfully that it doesn't have any damage nor problem at all. I "over-used" the unit before the 7day period to check everything and no problems encountered. And because of that by two elder brother and my gf are planning to have one. Cheers to MyPhone! Proudly Pinoy brand. And also to you Kyle. I wish I'll meet you in person. :)

NYRioTokyo 2 years ago

Thanks for this review sir, bought one. Question: Do you know how to install 3x4 keypad?

Carlo 2 years ago

Hi again Symphony x7,

Ive been really confused between CM Fuze and MP Rio... I have heard from some users that MP Rio's battery drained from 100% to 50% in just a measly hour. I love the near-to-ips screen of The rio, also the Camera, The Looks, The performance, and Everything else.. but the battery seems to be a deal breaker to ME.. That's why i thought of buying Fuze because of its amazing batt life. I constantly play android games for an hour or more.I am not the guy who likes to charge the phone every time even w/ power banks.. Can you also give me a real time usage battery summary? And some details about the screen of the Fuze....What's better the MP Rio or the CM Fuze?

Thanks in advance!! Going to buy a phone in a few days time..

Please answer!!

Pat 2 years ago

don't bother with the starmobile play. i have one and tested everything before i decided to buy it. after 2 days, it hangs so often in a day and had to remove the battery every time. tapos yung screen goes blank. brought it to service center at sabi software lang daw, sabi ko baka pwede palitan na lang ng bagong unit kasi 3 days ko pa lang naman binili. inayos that same day pero pagdating ko sa bahay, ganun na naman. since busy din naman ako sa work, i was able to bring it to SC again after the warranty had already expired. hindi daw makita ang defect so pinaiwan. i think nagtapon lang ako ng P2,999.

marcopolo 2 years ago

What custom build version did you used in your review? Because a lot of people with v1.11 are still complaining of the frequent lags in their phone even after updating it to v1.15

joker 2 years ago

my daughter's rio heats up easily and hangs from time to time. ano po ba ang dapat gawin?

marcopolo 2 years ago

Even though it is not yet announce some of the v1.06 users have already updated to v1.16. They said that this, the newest, version don't have the same problems with the old one. Some says it is because of the difference in the hardware of the two that is why the v1.11 will still have its problem even if the software is updated.

Dodie 2 years ago

hi, symphonyx7, meron bang update ng Android 4.4 Kitkat sa MyPhone Rio?

jharh 2 years ago

good day sir, if kayo ang papipiliin, rio or flare hd, tnx sir, ur opinion is m4tant to me... :0

chadpogs 2 years ago

i have a feeling in as little as 2-3 months yung paint sa back covers will look horrible with scratches and fading. the back covers looks like they were done with can spray paints.

Richmund 2 years ago

I like very reading with technical aspect of your review. Keep it up! I will follow any gadgets you review - by the way did you made a review for cherry mobile omega spectrum?

Alvin 2 years ago

@symphonyx, what's your opinion for CM Cosmos X? 5999 na lang sya from 9999.... with that price mas bang for the buck na ba sya as compared to Rio? if you will buy between the two, what will u buy? tia...

Marie 2 years ago

Myphone rio or Cherry mobile Flare S?

margo 2 years ago

hi sir im torn between rio or not really a shutter bug...i use my phone for browsing, calling ang more on the multi tasking side. so which is it? rio or fuze?

locca 2 years ago

so which one do you think is better, the myphone agua rio or the cherry mobile omega spectrum?in all aspect.. some say myphone agua rio experiencing some lags.what can you say about that?

pat 2 years ago

after updating from v.11 to v.1.15, my daughter's rio now works really fine. no lags, no heating issues. my daughter is happy. she can download so many apps and games to her 32GB card to her heart's content.

sulit na sulit ang 4,999.

as for cherry cosmos x, i had bad experience with apollo and life. both conked out in less than 3 and 2 months, respectively. brought them to service center numerous times until finally i gave up.

Dexxx 2 years ago

the best review i've ever seen :D thanks for this awesome review, i really appreciated your effort in making of this :D

markmark 2 years ago

Very informative review, kakaiba ka mag-review sir sa ibang mga pinoy tech blogs na nababasa ko, mas detalyado, thank you sir!

One question, how about browsing? Is it fast and not heating that much during heavy data streaming like watching videos? Or is heating a normal thing on such cases.. thanks in advance!

Arvey 2 years ago

Thanks for this awesome review Brow! keep it up!! God Bless

Har 2 years ago

My Myphone agua rio has a problem with its calling feature. The display would goes off whenever I'm on a call and I thought i'ts just normal but after the call, I couldn't turn back on the display by pressing on/off button, I just have to remove the battery to turn it back on.

Har 2 years ago

The issue (posted from a blog) has something with "...proximity sensor during a call". Don't know if it's some hardware damage or just some phone setting.

Nelson 2 years ago

Hi sir Kyle problema ko sa rio is nawawala signal ng isang sim. Hindi naman deadspot yung lugar pero nawawala siya. pinagtabi ko yung a919 duo kung saan nawawala signal ng rio pero hindi naman nawawala signal ng 919. Meron bang software that can fix this or defect ng phone yung ganun na nawawala network signal? Thanks

John Kelly 2 years ago

I just heard that Cherry Mobile released a tablet that could also make calls and send text messages: the Superion Probe. It's not that I'm interested in the physical features that it has (i.e. WVGA at 7 inches, 5 mp main cam with .3 mp as front cam; they're terrible, but at Php 3,999.00...) but because it uses the MSM8212, which can be found on the Huawei Ascend G6. Can this chipset compete with the MTK6582, at least in terms of performance and power consumption? I hope to hear your opinions soon.

Marc Kevin 2 years ago

Goodam, ask ko lang kung normal lang sa rio uminit ung likod sa baba ng camera pag naglalaro ng games tulad ng real racing, injustice, dead trigger?

3 days old palang rio ko, ito lang ang issue na nakita ko pero hands down ako sa performance nya.. mas mabilis siya compared sa a919i duo..

para mapapalitan ko kasi 7 days replacement naman..

lalalala 2 years ago

hey man how should i know the difference between the old and new version of mp agua rio????

Kring 2 years ago

Nice review. Bought the new version 1.06 and updated it to 1.16. So far so good. Just tonight, there's another update via OTA. Didn't bother to install. Anyone got the update yet? Looking for the feedback first :-)

nelson 2 years ago

@Marc Kevin

same din tayo umiinit ang likod ng rio kapag gaming


sabi ng taga my phone same lang daw yung s5500 at s5501 meron naman daw update yung s5500 so parehas lang daw medyo doubtful i hope someone can clear this

i have the s5500 updated it thru OTA 1.15 na siya ngayon experienced the lag and hang plus the signal problem buti pa yung a919 duo ko wala problema sa signal took a picture of it magkatabi para ipapakita ko sa service center

Bluerain 2 years ago

Hello Kestana,

Ask ko lang. And I know ilang beses na tong na ask pero this time updated ung question ko.

Which is better? Rio or A919i Duo (using custom kernel and OC'ed GPU). Thanks.

ashanticlaudio 2 years ago

@Har that's exactly my problem ! geez, somebody help me !! ive been searching for a solution for quite some time now. i just want to receive a call in a normal way. Any one having issues with proximity sensor during a call? mine is that the moment you put your phone in your ear like what we always do when we answer a call, the screen automatically turns off and its locked forever. or even if you don't put in in your ear and just accidentally covered the sensor, same thing it turns off and there is no way to turn the screen back on. you can still hear the person you are talking to during a call so there is no problem with that and also aftr the call has ended, you'll still be able to hear notification sound from your phone so you know that your phone is working fine and didn't hang . just locked and the only way to turn the screen on is turning it off by hold pressing power button and then turn it on.right now, i handle my calls by putting it on speaker or using a headset. i wanted to just use handset !:( ive tried several apps, engineermode mtk,proximity sensor apps.. waaaaaaaaaaaah still the same thing. i just want to disable the sensor :( please helppppppppppp @symphonyx

dominic 2 years ago

wow! a comprehensive but easy to understand review! thank you! Is that OTA update already available like if I buy RIO now?


levin 2 years ago

@symphonyx, regardless of battery life, ano mas okay between Fuze and Rio when it comes to gaming given na 2 point multitouch lang ang Fuze at okay na ako sa medium settings lang?

Gary B. 2 years ago

So the OTA update has been released, do you still need to root the phone before updating it to the new OTA release or not? Thanks in advance!

Great review sir, keep it up :)

quick brown fox 2 years ago

I... wow... what the hell...akala ko naligaw ako sa GSMArena (hehe, halos naclone ang format)

Akala ko generic noypi gadget reviewer lang dito, pero unexpectedly, highly technical and detailed review ang inabutan ko! May nits measurement pa! I'd prefer your previous objective audio measurements than subjective insights though (soundstage? imaging? kung flat naman ang freq as per RMAA at hindi basura ang dynamic range at crosstalk eh just promote an easy to drive cheap open headphone plus a cheap portable amp; audiophilia has no place in a budget cellphone).

Still, this and your other reviews as well, are excellent! It puts to shame all the other pinoy tech sites which only offers subjective views with some few benchmarks here and there.

ace 2 years ago

sir nakabili ako ng rio para sa anak ko.. bday gift po ito sa kanya last april.. over all i find the rio very interesting since im using a samsung s3.. comparing with my own phone is relatively nice.. the only problem with it is i can't seem to put large games.. im not that much of a techy person, but i really want this rio to be rooted since it will perform more with a bigger rom.. kindly help me out with this small problem.. tnx and more power to all your reviews.. god bless..

Marvin 2 years ago

Sir ace, saan ka po nakabili ng Rio, malls around manila kasi wala ng stock tulad sa Sm Manila at Rob Ermita.

aez 2 years ago

master ano po ba masuggest nyo na class ng sd card?

for gaming and movie watching lng thanks

jhay 2 years ago

supported po ba neto ung SDHC card? thanks

Pilexstrean 2 years ago

Hi, buddy i'm just wondering if i can draw through this phone in any Drawing App, so i can then i should buy a touch pen cause right in the box it doesn't include to it.

jt 2 years ago

to be honest, detailed, technical, at maganda reviews mo. so much better than other pinoy tech websites

berlyshells 2 years ago

Sir do you think the tricks and tweaks especially the memory re-partition of RIO would work on RIO LITE? wala na po kasi stock ng rio dito sa laguna so i decided to purchase the LITE..same chipset only lower ram..TIA ;-)

ryan 2 years ago

Badtrip.. Automatic na nagta touch ang rio ko. Ano kaya problema neto?? Ano dapat gawin?

hrett 2 years ago

Wala ng stocks ny Myphone agua rio sa cebu. :( Puro Rio lite na lang.

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Ares The Menace 2 years ago from Las Islas Filipinas

Been using MyPhone AGUA RIO for more than 10 days now, and i LOVE it! (This review actually make me buy it)

IMO, The design is a bit "MEH" and it could have been cooler if you can swap its back cover every now and then. Everything else so far is perfect, for the gaming bit , I've been playing Real Racing 3 and Dungeon Hunter 4 and i never encountered any LAG except for the fact that the application "SOMETIMES" crashes, Let's say 1 out of 10.

Camera and Sound quality is very good, and the PH 4999 price is really worth it.


gheo 2 years ago

can anyone tell me when will be the next stock of RIO come?

smuty 2 years ago

sir review nyo dn nmn ung ocean elite :D

Janry Sanchez 2 years ago

Magandang Araw po..

Ask ko lang po sana kung saan ako makakabili ng Rio Agua?

Sa store dealer na pinupuntahan ko puro out of stock.

Yung malapit lang po sana sa Antipolo.

Thanks for your attention.

God bless...

janyb 2 years ago

Hi.. pwede bah gamitin to outside country?

jen 2 years ago

@har same din ung akin mg off kpg mg call anyone answer nga off ang myphone rio kpg mg call ok na sana lhat un nga lng

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Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

Nice review, looks like a good phone. I wonder what it's like for gaming. Better than the S4?

iggy 2 years ago

HI Sir! What do you think on this phone?

THL T5000

5″ 1080P display with Gorilla Glass 3

Mediatek MT6592 octa core


Sony IMX135 13MP camera


with a 5000 mAh battery

DillWorth 2 years ago

A very informative review, just the way reviews are supposed to be. You have tried to be simple but still give highly technical inputs which should cater to the majority of readers, including me. I would say your article is between the "tech savvy guy" and the "curious" category. Good job and looking forward to more pieces... Btw, decided to get this phone, if I can find it. ;P

Claudine Faylogna 2 years ago

Hi. This had been very helpful to me. Been planning to buy a new phone under a limited budget and I guess MyPhone Agua Rio is the best choice. Thanks so much for this review!

Your fan 2 years ago

Hi sir Kyle! :D

Please review the Cherry Mobile Ultra. You know you want to. :P

Michael Agustin 2 years ago


sir what application or tips can u recommend for me for the battery saving tips of MyPhone Rio? because 2000mAh is still not enough.

Patrick 2 years ago

I will call this a real and informative review

Thumbs UP!

zzz 2 years ago

well I bought myphone agua rio. and I've been using it for almost two months. The issue is, I just open a YouTube application on my phone then suddenly my phone hang and turn off. After that I cannot turn on again my phone. I posted this so you guys would be aware on this phone. And any advice how can I regain the function of my phone pls. I hope you could help me with this issue.

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Essej Kun 2 years ago from Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

When I saw the myphone agua rio, I said to myself why not try out local brands for a change. Since it was only 4,999 I would gladly take the risk and try it out. I am really glad I did. This phone surprisingly is suited with all my needs. Got mine today and man oh man, my 5k was worth it. Decent camera and it takes photos fast. I would want to have a better camera though but for its price range it is still REALLY good. So far no lagging while playing games like dead trigger/nba. I played youtube videos for like an hour and never got any issues though. SD card is all good also. Got the newer version and all is well. I didn't even bother updating it. Local brands are really booming especially, for me, the MyPhone Brand. Loving every second of it. And of course thanks to this very complete and informative review of the Rio. Keep up the good work!

cmaddict 2 years ago

Looking forward for the review of my preloved Flare s2 thank you.:D

Rasetsu 2 years ago


what model of the Agua Rio do you have? v1.0 or v1.6? and did you update your phone using the OTA update to firmware version 1.16 or 1.17?

Rasetsu 2 years ago

@symphonyx7 (Kyle)

i wanna ask, how is the quality of myphone units, particularly this Agua Rio phone, compared to the cherry mobile phones that have better specs and sell for a little more?

i heard cherry mobile phones are crap when we talk about quality and after sales service.

reychi 2 years ago

Do you have a review for Myphone Rio Lite? I hope one comes out soon :)

toy 2 years ago

May problema po yung front cam ng myphone rio ko.may green line na lumalabas malapit sa middle ng screen pag ginagamit ko sya.ano po kaya ito?tnx

Gigi 2 years ago

awesome review bro, this myPhone RIO is starting to roll new line of myPhone mid range flagship smartphone. I just got mine and send it as a gift for my wife. It actually performed better than what i expected. 5K IPS screen plus quad core cpu not to mention a BSI censor camera 8MP which is fare enough in good lighting condition? It is way better than Samsung's Duos line up. I can even compare the crop shots using camera 360 from my S4 with RIO. The only problem is the battery life, if i can only fit my zerolemon 7500mAh battery on this RIO it is going to be so much better! Thanks for the review bro.

Rasetsu 2 years ago

@symphonyx7 (Kyle)

Bro maybe you could do a review of the Myphone Rio Lite and do a head to head comparison between this & the Rio, or any unit within the PHP4,000 price range.

Thank you!

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author


Awfully sorry for the late reply. I haven't been checking in here for quite a while. I'm preoccupied with new hobbies, so I'm putting my hobby of reviewing on hold. To those asking for reviews, I don't plan on reviewing anything any time soon, not unless something possibly market shattering appears or a company asks me to review their device and sends me a review unit (even then, the unit they'll send must pique my interest).

I was actually wanted to review the CM Omega Icon a few weeks ago since the MSM8610 Snapdragon 200 chipset it has is new, but decided not to since I figured CM releases phones too frequently. Seriously, products that reach EOL in less than 3 months is annoying.

XXX 2 years ago

Battery ? ? ? FAILED!!!!

Gianelli 2 years ago

Hi po ! possible po ba na may factory defect sa network and settings ng phone ?? super duper delayed po kase yung mga text . Hindi naman po sa sim yung problema kasi i have tried to use other sims but still the problem exist , imposible naman kung sa signal kase malapit lang po kami sa tower .. Na try ko na din po e.change yung sa network settings pero ganun pa din

FrankMANofjesus 2 years ago

great review sir.!! im definitely buy one this.... MyPhone never fails, been an avid user/customer since 2010!! Kudos MyPhone! Banzai symphonyx7

JC 2 years ago

Hi, i'm planning to change my Iphone4 with Myphone RIO.

Issue with my iphone...NONE.

Reason, i want a BIGGER screen.

My NEED.. call, text, camera, social media and browsing.

QUESTION...Is MYPHONE RIO better than my old reliable IPHONE4?

Appreciate your input, thank you.

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Ares The Menace 2 years ago from Las Islas Filipinas

@ JC

This is a budget phone, a very good budget phone. MyPhone Rio have a very nice screen resolution for you browsing needs.

I can do a lot of things with it's camera as well, and is also good for gaming. The only problem (which all smartphones have) is the battery life, how to sort this out is a no brainer though. IMO and base on my experience you will not regret buying a RIO. It will answer your needs, but about your question about which is better, ask the one who made this review.

taem airforce 2 years ago

sir.. pwd hinge ng tips.. what would be the best to buy with a price ranges P4,000-P9,000.. ano recommendation niyo bosing??? any phone for gaming, good camera and video, life battery (include u n po ung design) tnx po.. im waiting..!! kac 4 yrs n ung htc explorer ko.. sawa n ako applying different custom roms, di p ri xa masira!! more power sau boss.. ganda ng review mo.!! very informative..!! myphone rio v.1 ba bet mo bosing? tnx

lourdes bautista 2 years ago

Hi ask ko lang po sana.. Kasi ung sa video call ng cell ko is ayaw gumana... Samantalang sa mga friends ko automatic na pwede... Load lng ung gamit...

Ruru 2 years ago

What is the data speed for HSPA+?

migz 2 years ago

Baka po magkaron ulit kayo ng oras.

My lumabas na kakumpitensya ang MP Rio.

Starmobile Up po.

Pa review naman. :D

Thank you.

Aero 2 years ago

Galing astig wala ako masabi sa rio... ang tyaga pa nung gumawa ng review na ito nice tol! thumbs up for you:)

Richard 2 years ago

You wont regret buying this Rio. Its a value for money and wont put a hole in your pocket. My only advice is to buy a good power bank to address the battery issue. Buy moyou or romoss power bank, they are reliable and of good quality.

Pao 2 years ago

may green pa kaya nito?

bhel 2 years ago

sir ano po ba mas maganda ung agua rio o ung starmobile UP? thanks in advance

Mikko 2 years ago

Sir Kyle san pa po ba available tong MyPhone Rio ?

robi 2 years ago

good morning. gusto ko lang itanong kung matibay ba to? may mga nagsasabi kasi na madaling masira ang my phone :( gusto ko lang ng advice, bibili kasi ako ng phone ee. gusto ko sana ton my phone rio. thank you!

John Kelly 2 years ago

@ symphonyx 7: That's kinda sad. You're one of the few reviewers of local phones - no, scratch that, you're the only reviewer - whom I trust placing my cash on. Oh, well.

Well, you did say you would be reviewing a phone if it happens to upset the current market on local smartphones. I think there's one already out there: the Xiaomi Mi 3. It's a bit above the P 10,000 price range (P 10,499 to be exact) but the specs are sure to give local smartphone flagships a run for their money. For one, it contains a Snapdragon 800 2.3 Ghz chip set, and performance is comparable to flagship phones from international brands. Will you be doing a review for it? I'm pretty sure my fellow readers will like to see one too. Hope to hear from you soon.

Art 2 years ago

Hello. Would you know the fix to the error "your device isn't compatible with this version" whenever I download apps on google play? Thanks!

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ Art

Go to Options, Apps, slide to 'All' tab, select Google Play Store, then click 'Clear cache', then click 'Clear data'. That's usually the most common fix for that problem.

@ John Kelly

Yes, I'm quite aware of the Mi3 that's available in Lazada. However, I'm currently on hiatus from reviewing as I don't find anything really interesting at the moment from local brands. They're mostly same-same now while engaging in an aggressive price war. Besides, I feel like I've already done my job of convincing people that a good phone need not be expensive. I'm preoccupied with other hobbies and ventures at the moment, so I cannot say when I'll be reviewing a new device. But surely, when a local device equipped with the upcoming MediaTek MT67xx series (MT6732, 6752 and 6795) is released, I'll definitely review it. I'm a bit upset with the power efficiency of the current MediaTek mainstays, the MTK6582 and MTK6592. That's the main reason I didn't even bother reviewing a device with the MTK6592.

BTW, there are a lot of Xiaomi Mi3 reviews already. Not surprising since it's an internationally available device that's been out since late last year.

... 2 years ago

I'm having issues with this phone. After every call, it sleeps & the only way to use it again would be to remove the battery & switch it on again :/ Help

ericka 2 years ago

hi guys wanna ask lng ngana po ba ang front cam ng my phone rio while running or using the skype app. Id like to know it po kasi i wanna buy sana..

Hope for your favorable response everyone Thanks in advance.

Jandell 2 years ago

Sir, ask ko lang po kung gaano po kaliwanag yung flash ng Rio? Kasinliwanag po ba ng IPhone5 Thanks :)))

Diesel Power 2 years ago

Sir pa-review naman po ng Asus Zenfone 5, worthy competitor ni rio, i have the rio old version, laggy and walang improvement updates, asus have plans to have the kitkat available.

12345 2 years ago

Ah sir i would just like to ask the gaming experience on the rio. Yes i know it is already in the review but i would just like to know the "feel" and the performance of those HD games. I play a lot of games kasi and im tired of phones boasting quad cores but SUCKS when it comes to graphic intensive games. Thank you in advance sir and an amazing review btw. This is probably the deepest review i've seen for the rio. More power sir and hope u reply. God bless

Baby JHONG 2 years ago


I noticed na medu mainit ung RIO khit nag mumusic lng or pag games nman, mainit na kgad?

Is this behavior across all RIO or isolated phone issues lng 2?

imyourfandesu 2 years ago

Sir pa-request po ng detailed review for Cherry Mobile Flare 3, alternative ng CM para sa MP Rio.

Jin 2 years ago

Heto ang tunay na review:D Unlike any others hahaha kulang s info..

gen 2 years ago

pano po pagnag unfortuantely settings has been stopped. ?????

Anonymous 2 years ago

sir ang dami po nag sasabi na sobrang bilis ma lowbat ne2ng rio kahit 2k mah 22 po ba ? . saka

ano po ma sa suggest nyo magndang cp 5 k lng kc budget .

Js :) 2 years ago

Sir please review the Phablet ng Bayan, CM FLARE 3 :)

We'll wait for it :D

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ Js

If you can convince Cherry Mobile to send me a unit to review -- sure, why not?

BUT. I can't be bothered to review the Flare 3 for the following reasons. First, it's another MTK6582 device. Second, Cherry Mobile releases phones too frequently. I wouldn't be surprised if another Flare revision or similar replacement model is out in 60 days. Third, I'm currently on a hiatus from reviewing because there isn't anything interesting out atm, at least not from local brands. I buy the phones I review because I actually use them for a while. If I don't find a phone interesting, I don't buy it.

Kite B Orca 2 years ago

..hi symphonyx7,my tanong sana ako since your review is very informative.. planning on getting Agua Rio,but im planning on having a 2nd option pag naubusan kung sakali..

..maganda ba ang Cherry Mobile Icon as secondary option..?

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ Kite B Orca

Now that the CM Omega Icon has been reduced to 5K Php, it may be a better phone than the Rio, particularly in terms of battery life. The MSM8212 on the Icon is faster and more power efficient than the MTK6582. I cannot speak for the camera performance, screen and other details of the Icon as I've never tried it. But given the specs, the Icon is clearly superior to the Rio. The Icon has a front-facing flash too, so that's a big plus for people who selfie a lot.

elyZa 2 years ago

how can I turn off the camera shutter sound even if it is not in silent mode? It would be a great help. Thank you.

enzoew 2 years ago

sana gawa kayo ng review ng cherry mobile flare 3

mark 2 years ago

Thanks so much for your very thorough review. I was choosing between CM Icon and Rio which are both at 5k. In the end I was about to pay for the Icon but the only unit available was, for some reason, unable to read my Globe postpaid sim. My nervous gut reminded me of alleged incidences in CM after sales service (long lines, weeks of waiting for repair), so instead of looking for another unit elsewhere and risking a future hassle, I picked up the Rio right next store.

For budget phone buyers like me, it is good to be aware of after sales customer service. I had an experience with Samsung in this department where I waited for about an hour in their center and the repair of my phone took one Sat and Sunday. IMO that is already excellent. CM's after sales support has a bad online rep, and in my case this proved to be out of their favor even if CM Icon has a much better design (it is indeed elegant for its price) and slightly better specs than the Rio.

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Matt L Barker 2 years ago from Marietta, Georgia

Great Review! Awesome Hub!

LA 2 years ago

I love my agua rio!! 4.4.2 kitkat version.. Nagtataka lang ako sa antutu benchmark ng cp ko 8.3 megapixel at ung front 4.6megapixel ung result. Pero ok lng mahalaga wala kong prob sa cp ko :)

arjay18 2 years ago

hi sir symphonyx

do you consider reviewing the asus zenfone 5?

Kriezel Pascual 2 years ago

Hi just wanna ask how can i connect the bluetooth headset to my phone rio...


andi 2 years ago

pls. help me i have connected to wifi but why its seems there's no connection even the signal is excellent.. my phone is agua rio, i cannot connect to the internet that's my problem

Nazjamvincecob 2 years ago

I read somewhere here sir Kyle na mention mo ang skk memo2.

Not sure if nareview mo na yun,

Pero matagalna akong naghahanapng review nun mukhag wala pa.

Kudos to your previous reviews, I'm a fan B-)

Keep it up

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Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

Nice review. You don't get these phones in Japan here, looks good though.

Kath 2 years ago

Please reply sir Kyle, What's your OTG device? Surprisingly kasi napag sabay mo ung keyboard and mouse.

jayson 2 years ago

sir bat antagal mag charge nang sakin

laleine 2 years ago

I'm planning to buy a samsung galaxy s duos 2 but after reading your review I'm stucked and confused on whether to buy my initial plan.

Hope you could help me understand and list down the pros and cons of both phones? which is better?

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symphonyx7 2 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ laleine

Besides the price, it's not fair to compare the Galaxy S Duos 2 to the Rio. First off, the Rio has a much higher resolution display. The Rio can also do 1080p video recording while the Duos 2 can only do 720p. The Rio also has a quad-core Cortex A7 processor while the Duos 2 only has a dual-core Cortex A9. Lastly, the Duos 2 has a VideoCore IV graphics processor that isn't widely supported. This means that some games may not run on the Duos 2. The Mali-400MP2 graphics processor on the Rio is widely supported.

If you have money to spend on the Duos 2, I suggest you get an ASUS Zenfone 5 or the new LG L Fino instead if you don't want a locally branded phone.

laleine 2 years ago

Hi, Sir.

thanks so much for the info's.

I'll definitely check on your suggestions.

khaye 2 years ago

Pano po magscreenshot using this phone?

diesel power 2 years ago

After several months im having multiple issue with this phone, most annoying is the "ghost touch" issue. Any fix you can recommend?

alexis reyes 2 years ago

Sir any idea po kng panu mapabilis or mapa smooth ang rio.. Kakabili ko lng kagabe.. Na stop every 5 secs ung screen pag nagblalaro aq internet games. 2d po ung game..mga .5,sec ung itinitgil nya

mark 24 months ago

Sir,with myphone rio will a battery saver be helpful? And what batt app best fit it..hoping ang waiting for your reply...thanks

nate 24 months ago

wow , your review is such like a piece of art sir. parang gsmarena lang ang dating. keep it up po!! :)

Zaldy 23 months ago

panu gagawin pg nawala ung contact na icon.. pati ung dialer?

Kathyadaplin 23 months ago

Ano po ang gagawin ko? ayaw mag basa ng simcard yung myphone agua rio ko. Kahit anong simcard na po pinasok ko. ayaw mag detect. No service po sya. pls help po. thanks! pls message me on facebook. I'll wait po. Godbless

rushelle dela rosa 22 months ago

...ung nbili q poh n rio agua ang bilis mlobat khit txt lng..

Hyacintha 22 months ago

Hi Kyle.

How will MP Agua Rio fare against CM Flare S3? Which do you think is better at almost the same price point?


rwain isaacz 22 months ago

So far more than a month ko n gamit ang agua rio ko. Mabilis sulit. Malakas ang sounds pede n din s mga games. Kya n din mgmultitask dahil s quad core at 1gb ram. Updated version n os nito which is kitkat kesa s nauna nila n jb android. Prob p nmn s jb android ver ng myphone walang switching storage s sdcard kelangan mo o iroot at mgflash rom pra lng mpalitan un storage s sdcard. Short review ko lng to. E2 lng un nkita ko so far n negative s kanya. Battery life mabilis sya mlowbatt after mo gamitin internettext call saka gaming. D ngttagal ng 2 hrs pg sagad ang multitask. Pero pg call at text ngttagal sya ng 4- 6hrs kung me katxtmate k ng matagal. Kung mp3 mgdamag mga 6hrs tops. Pg gaming (ds emulator ntry ko n) mga less 2 hrs tpos nkotg game controller p ako. Gumagana din otg nito kung ke flash drive k n fat or fat32 ggna pero s external n hard disk d ko nttry. Un mga ngllag pg nggames kyo dpt mgkill task muna kyo ng mga background app like fb. Nsa settings ng application menu un. Front camera medyo mhina lalo pg nsa madilim since 2mp lng sya. Pero overall sulit n din to at nkksabay nga to s utol ko n s3 gamit e. Un agua rio lite same din un cpu quad core pero mddisappoint kyo s internal mem storage nya n 120mb lng kya d kyo mkkkpginstall ng mdmi apps kelangan nyo ng sdcard. Tpos mem nya lng e 512mb. Un isang ksambahay nmin bumii nun e. Halos same un design pero ntalo lalo s mem at battery nylg rio agua lite.

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symphonyx7 22 months ago from Metro Manila, Philippines Author

@ Hyacintha

I've tried both the Flare 3 and Flare S3. Both are great for the price and I feel the qHD resolution is a better fit for the processor, gaming-wise. However, the camera on both are seriously lacking against the Rio's camera. Also, both Flares don't have USB OTG, unlike the Rio. The S3 reportedly had USB OTG, but in actual testing it turns out it doesn't.

I still think the Rio's additional 1K Php is justified. The only scenario where I'd want the Flare S3 is if I want a stylish gaming phone. The Rio doesn't look as fancy, but its specs are one of the most complete and well rounded.

jo 22 months ago

Kakabili ko lng ng mp rio, bkit mbilis malowbat ? Gnun b tlga un ? Tska anu pwd gawin para tumagal life span ng battery ko. ?

Tin 21 months ago

Nice review... :)

robert 20 months ago

Balak ko bumili mg myphone agua rio. tanong ko lng kung mabilis ang internet at magandang gamitin pang skype?

osie 20 months ago

how will i block someone whos bothering me. im using agua rio

Joey Lacson 20 months ago

how can I block a particular contact? I can't find it in Settings or Contacts

cj 20 months ago

hindi user friendly yung phone nag karon ng prob yung sa mommy ko about diverting call tapos hinahanap ko yung divert call dko mahanap anak ng teteng na phone yan wala sa settings - wala din sa phone settings -san nyo po tinago yung divert calls paki labas naman po ilang months natong problem na 'to e.

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androidfan 17 months ago from India

I have never heard of this phone before. So, you are suggesting that it is a good phone?

Sergio 16 months ago

Hello! So, what about the difference between the models (s5500 and s5501)? Do they have different hardware? And will the update suit for each model?

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alex35aclll 15 months ago from United Kingdom

Another fantastic review by this author. These models seem similar as stated in recent reviews, but regardless still high quality phones. The only thing most complain about is the value for money when buying certain models of phones. They really need to lower the retail price of most phones. This will make a lot easier to buy such out of reach phones for the many

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